Wahine Crush Wednesday - Missy Elliott

Missy’s 48th Birthday and we’re going to celebrate all our favourite Missy Tracks!

"Work It". From her fourth studio album Under Construction released in 2002. Produced by Timbaland and inspired by old school hip hop from the early 1980’s and includes a portion that samples Run DMC’s, Peter Piper, the beginning of the song samples Rock Master Scott & The DYnamic Three’s Request Line. During the chorus, the lyric "I put my thing down, flip it, and reverse it" is simply played backwards, a part some mistakenly assumed to be gibberish. This vocal reversing trend made it to several of her productions during the following years. The music video to "Work It" was directed by Dave Meyers.

"WTF (Where They From)" is Elliott's first single, and first music video, since 2008's "Shake Your Pom Pom", it was released in 2015 with Pharell Williams providing guest verses and was also the producer of the track. It has been referred to by many as her “comeback” but as far as I’m concerned, she didn’t go nowhere! "WTF" has not yet been released on an album, although it has been mentioned as a song for her long-awaited seventh album, which was first announced in 2008, and which at one point was to be named Block Party.

"She's a B**ch" Written for her second album, Da Real World (1999) and produced by Timbaland. "She's a Bitch" set the darker tone of Da Real World, featuring Elliott's angry lyrics and an ominous soundscape courtesy of Timbaland. The song made heavy use of the word "bitch" as a double-edged commentary on its different meanings. It is used in both the negative sense that Elliott's critics would label her as a "female dog", and also in the sense intended by Elliott to be self-empowering. 

"Lose Control" feat. Ciara & Fat Man Scoop. It was released as the lead single from Elliott's sixth studio album, The Cookbook. The song is an uptempo electronic dance track and contains samples of "Clear" by Cybotron and "Body Work" by Hot Streak. 

"Get Ur Freak On" It was written and produced by Elliott and Timbaland for her third studio album Miss E... So Addictive (2001) based on heavy bhangra elements, a popular music and dance form from the Punjab state of India, the song features a six-note base that is a Punjabi melody played on a tumbi and rhythm and bassline played on tabla.

“I’m Better” marks her third single in as many years. The song is Missy moving at half-speed, but growing older doesn’t mean getting sluggish. Her flow here is nonchalant, wizened, and conversational. Produced by frequent collaborator Lamb (who with Missy co-produced tracks for Fantasia, Monica, and Jazmine Sullivan), he lays down a hook that’s basically supine, and spacious enough for Missy to parallel park her jeep. Even at this cold syrup pace, Missy still dazzles, from her black lip gloss to her trademark glossolalia, drizzling in shouts to “Scandal,” Bruce Lee, and her dudes in Orlando. Missy at the turn of the century was hype in hyperspace, she was information overload back when we all still rocked dial-up modems, so having her ease back feels just right for 2017. As we all try to not feel overwhelmed by information, taking it a little bit slower can make it better.

"Gossip Folks" from 2002 album Under COnstruction. The song is Missy's response to various rumors about her (e.g., her sexual orientation, her weight), and essentially tells those who spread these rumors to mind their own business. The refrain of "Gossip Folks" samples the 1981 song "Double Dutch Bus" by Frankie Smith.

“One Minute Man” It was written and produced by Elliott and Timbaland for her third studio album Miss E... So Addictive (2001) and features guest vocals by rapper Ludacris. Incorporating elements of oriental music, the song deals with premature ejaculation. Elliott, a rapper, also sings on the record. The Dominoes had a hit in 1951 with "Sixty Minute Man," about a guy who takes his time pleasing his lover. Missy presents the opposite on this track: the man who can last only 60 seconds.